An actress whose husband and father of her two daughters died of a brain tumour last year has paid tribute to the “incredible” hospice nurses who supported the family in his final days.
A specialist Macmillan nurse in neuro-oncology at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge has stressed the importance of using plain terminology when breaking devastating news to seriously ill patients and their families.
A charity leader has said end-of-life care services are “more important than ever” after new figures revealed death rates in England are on a steep incline.
A pioneering end of life nurse and a nurse who has led the way in patient-centred emergency care have been short-listed for an award that recognises outstanding contributions to the delivery of compassionate care.
Nurses must stop attempting to distinguish between “avoidable” and “unavoidable” pressure ulcers to help ensure all are properly investigated, says new official reporting guidance.
The first trial of a pioneering new skin damage scanning device in an end of life setting has indicated that its use by nurses can reduce pressure ulcers.
Nurses at the first hospice in the UK to trial a ground-breaking scanner designed to detect pressure damage say the device has helped them act sooner to stop ulcers developing and raises questions about the value of traditional skin assessments.
Adults with some incurable diseases are not receiving palliative care from hospices early enough during their illness because of the timing of referrals from other services according to researchers.
A nurse-led initiative in which hospice staff have taken their expertise on end of life care into prison settings has been recognised with an award.
Upsetting experiences of end of life care, including nurses and doctors refusing or seeming “frightened” to provide pain relief, highlight the need for urgent improvements in symptom management, say researchers.